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Identity: Logic, Ontology, Epistemology


Greece is Hellas and Greeks are Hellenes. Azure is cobalt and everything (coloured) azure is (coloured) cobalt. Pre-Fregeans would call all these statements of identity. Frege taught us to distinguish between

Conaming [Name] [Name]. Ngh: Greece is Hellas g=h. Nac: Azure is cobalt a=c

Copredicating [Predicate] [Predicate]. PGH: Greeks are Hellenes (x)(Gx≡Hx). PAC: Everything azure is cobalt (x)(Ax≡Cx)

Singular Predication [Name] [Predicate]. PcA: Como is azure Ac. PaC: Azure is a colour Ca. PaL: Azure is like indigo Lai. PgD: Greece defeated Persia Dgp.

With Frege the contrasts became marked but misconceived.

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